Friday, January 17, 2020

Spring, anyone?

Well, it's that time of year!  It comes right after Christmas.  Not winter, but the time when I'm counting the days till spring.  And when I'm creating, it can be spring right now!

This spring card with a vintage flair was created with lots of layers via Creative Impressions.  Blues and browns combine for an earthy feel on this mixed media inspired piece.

How many layers can you count?

The smallest snip of ribbon can be dramatic when its got a little sparkle!

As of date of publishing this post, 62 days till spring.... and it just started snowing.  :-)

Matte Black Frame 84503
Antique Ruler Twill Ribbon 80486
Small Felt Blossoms & Leaves pastel 62001
Medium Felt Blossoms & Leaves pastel 62101
Pewter Screw Top 90000
Pastel Mini Stars 90294
Cork Paper 89000
Gypsy Trim

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Easy Christmas Cards

Hello Everyone!  If you are feeling like you are running behind this year and are tempted to buy store-bought Christmas cards, don't do it!  If your friends and family are looking forward to your hand-made cards this year, I have an easy and pretty solution!  Here are 3 cards made easy by Creative Impressions:

This first card was created using a Pine Branch die along with Creative Impressions Christmas Ornament Felt Shapes (63121).   The Pine branch was adhered onto a white card stock panel followed by 2 ornaments.  The bows at the tops of the ornaments were created with Creative Impressions Mustard Thin Twine.  The word "Peace" was stamped at the bottom to finish the panel.  Finally, the panel was adhered to a burgundy card stock mat , then to a patterned paper panel and finally to the card.  The best part  is that the patterned paper isn't even specifically Christmas  paper.  Look through your stash to find the perfect pattern!

Now for our second card:  First I wrapped our Merry Christmas Twill Expressions Ribbon (80464) around the bottom of a white card stock panel to which I first added some red color around the edges.  Then I once again used a pine branch die.  The pine branch was adhered down to the panel over the Twill.  Holes were punched over my pine branch and our Metallic Light Bulb Paper Fasteners (90655) were added.  The "joy" sentiment was stamped, the white panel was adhered to a red panel, a patterned paper panel and finally the folded card.

Last, but not least, here is a card with no stamped sentiments as Creative Impressions Merry and Bright Ribbon Expressions says it all!

Again, starting with a white card stock panel, adhere our Merry and Bright Ribbon Expressions (80333) down twice, leaving a space in-between.  Cut a piece of our Celery Leafy Vine (70220) and adhere to the space using our Red Mini Round Fasteners.(90109).   Finally, create a poinsettia by using a White Glimmer Round (90907) a Red Medium Sheer Blossom (60603) and Sheer Leaves.  Punch a hole with a paper awl and thread fastener to the back of the card stock panel.
Add red ink around the edges of the white panel, adhere to a red card stock panel, a patterned paper panel and finally to the folded card.

Easy Peasy!  You still have several weeks before Christmas!


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Joy!

Today's post is a Christmas card with a variety of textures.  I started with a Christmas background stamp embossed with clear powder on red card stock.  I rubbed several ink pads over the clear embossed words then buffed with a cloth.

A layer of cheesecloth makes red felt "Joy" visible on the red card stock as well as add some texture.

Creative Impressions embellishments used on this card:
Felt Shapes - Christmas 63120
Metal Frames - Antique Copper 84502
Twill Expressions - Merry Christmas 80464

Wishing you all a warm Thanksgiving full of love & family and a blessed Christmas.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Grateful for all of you!

I have a lovely card to feature today by our Guest Designer, Jan Francis.  Jan captured the feelings of us all at Creative Impressions so perfectly.  We are indeed "Thankful, Grateful and Blessed" by all of you and your continued support of Creative Impressions!  Here is Jan's card:

I just love Jan's cards!  She does such creative things to her cards.  Check out the two stitches on the right side of one of the card's panels.  She also folded down the top left corner of a patterned paper panel so that the other side was revealed.  All patterned paper panels were distressed using a distress tool and inked on the edges.  Of course our Autumn Felt Leaves (63100)  add just the right touch to our "Thanksgiving" themed card along with the two buttons ( Ecru 51008 and Dark Umber Brown 51007) at the bottom.

This card is also a great way to use up patterned paper and card stock scraps you may have saved (don't we all?).

May you all be blessed with a wonderful holiday!


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Kids birthday? Creative Impressions to the Rescue!

I make two kids cards every autumn and I'm NEVER prepared.  I don't have a lot of "kid" supplies in my stash, but I can always make something for for my little with my Creative Impressions embellishments.

For kids I like to make a super simple card front with a big splash of color when you open the card up.

I just die cut some letters with card stock that coordiated with the background paper and picked balloon brads (Tropical Balloons 90611) to match.  

A simple pop-up mechanism can be created with strips of card stock, folded to make little boxes.  Secure to the back panel and fold the card together to secure to the front panel on the inside.

Hope Jack likes his "party in a card" for his 4th birthday!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Music Themed Album

Hello Everyone:

Today I am sharing with you an album I made to commemorate one of Josh Groban's more recent concerts.  For those of you who know me well, you know that I am a huge fan and have been to 5 of his concerts.  I finally decided to create an album using Creative Impressions embellishments and a ready-made G45 black album.  I will start with showing you a photo of the album spine with all the Creative Impressions embellishments:

I wrapped CI  Music Notes Printed Ribbon (80119) along with some Black and White Baker's Twine (80713) around the spine and inside of the album.  Then I added some Music Notes Shimmer Shapes ( 63200) to the ends of the Baker's Twine.  Loved how this turned out.

Here is the Front Cover and a few of the inside pages:

Hope you can see what a wonderful addition Creative Impressions embellishments are to any musical themed-project!  Happy creating!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Autumn Splendor!

Simple layers yield tons on texture on this Creative Impressions Autumn Card!

Here I've used Web Ribbon (70183), Felt Autumn Leaves (63100), Antique Copper Frame (84502), Antique Copper Fasteners (93001), and Autumn Splendor Twill Expressions Ribbon (80461), all from Creative Impressions.

I used a scrap of decorative paper that had some collaged fall colors.  I didn't want the felt leaves to get lost so added a layer of green web ribbon to make them pop.  I laid out the panel and then attached the web ribbon with a small staple just behind the places I would adhere the leaves.

I glued the leaves down with Alene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue.  They stick quickly and dry fast and clear.  Then I cut the word "autumn" from Creative Impressions Autumn Splendor twill ribbon.  When the word doesn't quite fill the space in the metal frame, I layer it on top of the same ribbon flipped over.

Hope you enjoyed this card and happy fall, y'all!!